We don’t often venture out north of Birmingham to eat, and especially not midweek. But when Mr Fletche and I were invited to try out a premium country pub dining experience at newly refurbished The Green House pub in the heart of Sutton Coldfield – which meant a night of no cooking or washing-up – we jumped at the chance. If the traffic is kind, it’s a 25 minute drive from Birmingham City Centre, or it’s just a couple of minutes walk from Four Oaks railway station.
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The pub and restaurant are beautifully decorated, with comfy chairs, low tables, an open fireplace and instagrammable corners in the bar area. During weekday afternoons and early evenings The Green House will offer two cocktails for £10, which will no doubt be popular with customers; tonight though I opt for a Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla with Fever-Tree lemon tonic, whilst Mr Fletche chooses a pint of Purity’s Longhorn. We are served canapés to start, a beautifully-presented selection from their starters menu. It’s a wonderful opportunity to sample something different from what we would normally choose; I particularly enjoy the roasted lentil falafel, whilst Mr Fletche declares the duck liver and port parfait as his favourite.
We are seated in the main restaurant, overlooking the rear courtyard which will be a wonderful space to relax in the summer. Our servers were attentive and friendly all evening, and general manager Alan was also on hand to answer any questions that diners have. To start, Mr Fletche chooses the thyme-roasted portobello mushrooms with rustic toast, which is served in a tiny saucepan. I unwittingly start myself on a fishy path by opting for the salt & szechuan pepper squid. Both are delicious, but we find ourselves leaving a little of what are quite sizeable portions so that we don’t spoil our main courses.
Following the fishy theme, I select the seared salmon fillet with chorizo mash, tenderstem broccoli and Bouillabaisse sauce. The fish is beautifully cooked, the broccoli crisp and juicy, and for me all meals are improved by the addition of chorizo. Mr Fletche is a sucker for a pork belly, and so chooses this option, served with potato dauphinoise, butternut squash purée, green beans, toasted almonds and red wine jus. The menu also states crackling but this didn’t appear to be present. He also opted for the additional seared scallops. Mr Fletche has the same opinion as I hold of scallops…there’s not really much taste to them, and probably wouldn’t go for them again. The rest of the meal is declared delicious though, and there is not much left on either of our plates.
After canapes and two courses, do we go for a dessert? Of course we do – although in an attempt to stop us having to loosen our waistbands anymore we decide to share. The mango, berry and coconut meringue mess is a perfect light finale to our meal. I’m definitely eyeing up the melting chocolate and peanut bomb for next time though.
Whilst we were treated to this meal on the launch night to local media and bloggers, the prices were comparable to similar “gastropubs” that specialise in good cuisine and seasonal menus; a three course meal with drinks (excluding wine) would probably set you back around £40 per head. It’s certainly a cut above some of the other establishments in the area, although Sutton Coldfield remains one of the most sought-after suburbs of Birmingham to live in and there has been a number of new eateries and drinking establishments springing up in the town centre recently. Hopefully the newly refurbished Green House Pub will be at the heart of this for years to come
From the press release:
The Green House in Sutton Coldfield has received a stunning refurbishment, re-opening to guests with a new look on Saturday 10th November.
The Green House located on Lichfield Road, in Sutton Coldfield has undergone a significant investment that has given the popular eating and drinking spot a more modern, stylish and contemporary feel.
General Manager Alan has been with the team six months and has become a familiar face in the local area with his company experience, spanning over 5 years. He has commented, “The Green House is a hugely popular pub and provides a hub for the local community so we’re really excited to be part of the team as it begins its next chapter.
“We have made some stunning changes that have allowed us to create a modern, open and stylish look and feel to the pub – making it the ideal spot for friends and family to get together. We have loved unveiling the brand-new pub to guests!”
Boasting a fabulous selection of wines, real ales, lagers and a fresh seasonal menu, The Green House’s fresh look and elegant interiors ensure that it is the perfect backdrop for socialising, dining and celebrating with family and friends. The large restaurant refurbishment has included the addition of a private dining space for a more intimate dining experience and a new front terrace.
The Green House also has a new al fresco dining area, which is a magical backdrop for guests to enjoy a drink or some exquisite food in all year round.
The Green House’s head Chef Gabriel has been with the company for twelve years, and reinforces the experience of The Green House team who all deliver quality service. Guests to the pub are able to enjoy the seasonal menu featuring mouth-watering, freshly prepared dishes including pan-fried British venison, roasted aubergine and harissa burger with the melting chocolate orange bomb.
The Green House has also introduced a special Instagram feature to the pub (@the_green_house_pub) specifically designed for those who love to share the perfect picture.
The pub reopened its doors to the public on Saturday 10th November and is ready for the autumn/winter season. Visit www.thegreenhousepub.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/thegreenhousesutton/ for more details.
The Green House Pub is at 226 Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B74 2UD. To reserve a table, call 0121 323 1951 or book online here.